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'''John Thomas Scharf''' (May 1, 1843 – February 28, 1898) was a United States historian, author, journalist, antiquarian, politician, lawyer and Confederate States of America soldier and sailor. He is best known for his published historical works. Modern historians and researchers cite his comprehensive histories as primary source materials. Scharf used a formulaic and detailed approach to preparing his historical works. He contacted everyone who could provide information about his subject and used detail questionnaires to capture responses to his inquiries. The J. Thomas Scharf Collection, 1730s-1892, held by the Maryland Historical Society, shows off his massive collection of original source materials. Scharf was one of the first American historians to consistently use newspapers as a primary source. Rather than trying to analyze the...
Birth date{{Birth date|1843|05|01}}
Birth placeBaltimore, Maryland
Death date{{Death date and age|1898|02|28|1843|05|01}}
Death placeNew York City, New York
Death causeheart/pneumonia
Resting place| residence = 80 Manhattan Ave. New York
CitizenshipUnited States
Known forHis comprehensive histories continue to be cited as primary source materials by historians and researchers.
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